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New Law IP Law Signed by the President

11/6/2002

NEW IP LAW SIGNED BY PRESIDENT -- On November 2, 2002, President Bush signed into law H.R.2215, a bill approved by Congress last month that makes several changes in IP law. The law (1) broadens patent reexamination, (2) mandates a 5-year strategic plan for the USPTO with evaluations of progress, (3) clarifies prior art dates of published patent applications, (4) implements the Madrid Protocol trademark treaty, and (5) exempts certain educational uses from copyright infringement. The public law number is 107-273 and the text of the IP portion is available on the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association's web site at <http://www.ipo.org/2002/IPissues/IP_HR2215.pdf> Many of the provision will take effect immediately.